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Distinction of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy from Athletic Heart

Purpose:

To help distinguish hypertrophic cardiomyopathy from left ventricular hypertrophy in an athlete.

Specialty:

Cardiovascular Diseases, Neurological Surgery

Objective:

imaging studies, other testing, criteria for diagnosis

ICD-10:

I42.1

Description:

A well-trained athlete may develop cardiomegaly due to ventricular hypertrophy. This can be distinguished from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by careful evaluation of the electrocardiogram and echocardiogram. This can be important in identifying the athlete with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who is at risk for sudden death.

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